Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) is a program developed by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, a physician and chronic pain consultant at St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada. It is based on the famous Mindfulness- Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR) originated by Jon Kabat-Zinn in the USA several decades ago, and has been developed into a programme more customized to the needs of those dealing with chronic pain; it is just as effective for stress. Through ongoing feedback from participants over the years it has become a “Trauma-Informed” programme, and has been trademarked to ensure sensitivity in facilitation and in the development of accompanying course materials and curriculum.
In 2017, a parallel Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM) workbook was written, with new meditations to accompany it. This ensured that the stress version of the course would remain “Trauma Informed”, still be available through facilitators trained to deliver the pain course, and be more acceptable to corporations for their staff.
Classes are conducted in meeting rooms, often at various hospitals/health facilities, in a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
Attendees learn the principles of mindfulness, the importance of living in the moment, and the power of “now”, and how these relate to suffering less pain and stress, and improve resilience and healing. Mindfulness assists in remaining calmer, more productive, and pain-controlled despite the challenges of everyday life, such as when interacting with family, friends, colleagues, employers and insurers. This can change suffering from pain, stress, and health conditions in a very positive way. Life skills are enhanced in this course. Participants can also have a positive effect on those with whom they live and work, as they continue their mindfulness practice.
NNC is a training, mentoring and accrediting company for facilitators wishing to teach the courses to patients/clients/colleagues in their own health centres, communities and corporations. This increases accessibility of the courses as they spread throughout Ontario and beyond. Our website helps you to find courses you can attend, as we continue to train facilitators who then enrol their own participants. NNC produces course curricula and materials for several levels of courses, basic and alumni, including the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Stress Management (MBCSM) course recently developed, particularly for the corporate sector. NNC acts as an information and consulting hub for those seeking Trauma-Informed Mindfulness-Based services across the Globe. We offer trainings for staff of corporations, as these courses reduce burnout, stress, compassion fatigue and build resilience.
If you are interested in taking a course, please read About the Courses. NeuroNova Centre lists some locations of courses on our website and can triage patient referrals on to a trained facilitator if their course is available in the patient’s area. For more information please click here.
Meet the Team
Janice & Sara, Programmes Liaison CoordinatorsProvide support to Medical Director, assistance to trained MBCPM™ facilitators, and enroll prospective facilitators and health care professionals for the professional trainings. They enroll patients for MBCPM™ programme facilitated by several facilitators, and provides support at NNC trainings, workshops and presentations. Read more
Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, Founder & Medical DirectorDr. Gardner-Nix is a Chronic Pain Consulting Physician, Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Clinic, St Michael’s Hospital, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Anaesthesia, University of Toronto. She is also on staff at Northumberland Hills Hospital, Cobourg. She trained in the renowned Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program in the USA in 2001. Read more
Scott, VolunteerProvides volunteer support at on-site and off-site professional trainings, workshops and presentations. Read more
Margie, VolunteerProvides volunteer support to the entire NNC Team. Read more
Kendra, Volunteer Communications and Dispatch CoordinatorProvides website and dispatch support, legal communications and file documentation. Read more
Joan, Intake and Facilitation Assessment CoordinatorInputs patient referrals for the MBCPM™ programmes run by facilitators contracting to NNC staff for their enrollments, and coordinates end-of-course patient evaluations for all facilitators, to ensure quality control. Read more